At some point in your professional career, you may find yourself needing to take a break. This pressure is higher on women, and while reasons may range from childbirth and family commitments to moving after a major life change, the fact of the matter is that a break is still seen as a gap in your career. How can you come out of the other side of this gap stronger?
For Anamika, 29, Delhi had been home for many decades. From her early years and right until graduation and work, she had gotten used to the many by-lanes and the sheer size of the city. When she got married to a Bengaluru-based tech professional, one of them had to make the move, and she decided it would be her.
Have you ever experienced the feeling of finally having ‘arrived’? That sense we get of knowing that a long-cherished dream has come true is the subtle line between building a career and going to work. And yet, that isn’t a journey to undertake in a day or even a year. Some things pan out the way they do because of the years of consistent work that preceded them.
For many of us, the idea of trying to take up a new course while engaged in a full-time job can be intimidating. But handling your work load as well as trying to upgrade your skills is not as difficult as it sounds, thanks to the numerous learning paths that are available to you.
For a process as focused upon the individual as coaching, we wouldn’t usually think of organizational coaching. However, corporate coaching is possible, and it works the same way as individual coaching- within the company setting, a small group of individuals within a team or key people in management roles can undergo coaching.
What can a hundred people do for an organisation? If you ask our client, with whom we partnered a learning journey, they can become the new leadership that all businesses struggle to build.
One myth that often surrounds coaching and associated work is that coaching leads to higher motivation levels almost instantly. At RainKraft, we’d prefer to replace the rather transient ‘motivation’ with a more consistent ‘inspiration.’ Coaching is an individual journey of transformation. It does not ‘fire up’ people. Instead, it works to change them fundamentally.
If you’ve been following us on social media, you may have noticed that this month, we’re talking about coaching from the #InsideOut. We chose this theme because a) people still have questions about coaching as an effective tool for change, and b) what better time than the beginning of a new year to set goals?
Wherever we look this week, people have one thing to say about the year that went by- that it has been eventful. It seems as though no one has had a dull 2018!
At RainKraft, we’re celebrating the many transformations, new opportunities and business lessons that the year brought us.
Much like that morning coffee, a pick-me-up needs to be an everyday affair. You cannot have a grande Starbucks latte today and hope it powers you through for the entire week. No, we’re not done with the coffee analogy just yet.
Just as it makes its way through the system, gives us a momentary high and vanishes into thin air, appreciation too wanes off after a while. We move on to other deliverables and never get another chance to look back at what we successfully accomplished. The wow moment is lost.
“Take charge only of your action, with no attention to the results.”
From a ‘bigger picture’ angle, one would think that this shloka from the Bhagavad Gita should work just fine for everyone. A skilled employee is always recognised. A hard worker is always rewarded. In the end.
Does it work this way?
When working in an organization, everyone wants to stand out and be recognized for their performance and contribution. Businesses, big and small, ignore the impact of this because recognition programs don’t directly have a measurable ROI, Compliments if any, are hard to come by, and a culture of appreciation slowly disappears as the team begins to grow in size. Till one day a Voice of Employee survey result jolts you.
There are many, easy options to go deep into subject matter today. However, knowledge is indeed an ocean, and it spans as wide as it goes deep. When setting out to learn something new, the big question one often has is, ‘What do I need to learn?’
Can you teach yourself to think differently? Both research on the topic, and success stories, suggest that you can, indeed!
In our previous blog post, we looked at develop a learning mindset to make the most of every encounter, conversation and piece of information you come across. Now, let’s talk about mindset shifts.